After a few years of not having content of our favorite fantasy world on sundays at HBO, we are back with a perfect first episode (even better than the GoT pilot)
We are 200 (aprox) years before Daenerys Targaryen story. But we follow the house’s story and how everything is going to turn into madness to be on the iron throne
The episode is divided in 3 parts: Rhaenys, Damon and the political kingdom reunions (with who’s going to be the next king, who’s better to do this or that).
We see a young Rhaenyra with her dragon trying to fight with the established line of “no woman can rule. They’re made to give birth to a child” as her mother say. This last one has been pushed to the limit, loosing many times the possibility to have a chosen one until the last minute when we see her dying because of Ling Viserys ambition of having/saving a male primogeniture, who dies anyways.
After many talks and without an heir to the throne, the King decides it’s time for a woman to be elected and that’s when Rhaenyra’s fate change.
On the other side of the story, we see Damon Targaryen, uncle of Rhaenyra and King’s brother, who’s temptations are always erroneous or not corrected for some eyes (that’s one of the reasons why they went for a queen). He’s violent and arrogant as we saw it in the battlefield.
The third part is how people around this characters has to suffer the consequences and watch and be quiet. How a massacre can start of the gods decides to play. The line of “a boy must be chosen”, “women can’t be in the battlefield” is similar to Games of Thrones (specially Daenerys and Sansa.
The episode goes for an hour and five minutes and felt excited at every second I was watching it.
What else I can say? The wardrobe was stunning as the acting and casting. The effects were very smooth (specially on the dragons) and the music was the only thing It felt forgotten a little bit (without counting the “Song of Ice and Fire” theme played a few times during the episode).
Expect what you are used to it: blood, deaths, sex, empowered characters, dragons and a good script. For now, though, House of the Dragon proves itself a worthy successor to one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Still, there’s a sense that something is missing.
I’ll give 89/100 to this episode. Comment down below what was your favorite part and what are you looking to see through the rest of the episodes of the show.